describe

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describe is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
describe

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /dɪˈskraɪb/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: de‧scribe

Verb[change]

Plain form
describe

Third-person singular
describes

Past tense
described

Past participle
described

Present participle
describing

  1. (transitive) If you describe something, you say what it looks like, sounds like, acts like, etc.
    Their wedding day, as described by Emma in her book, was "a perfect September day."
    The problems described above in Chapter 2, are found around the world.
    Henry Tyler would not have described her as a happy woman.
    These cheeses have a certain smell, as described in the section on soft cheeses (p69).
    The hospital described her condition as serious.
    The instructions describe how to put it together.
    In the story, he describes falling through the air for hours.
  2. (transitive) If something describes a circle, arc, etc., it follows that shape.
    His finger slowly described a circle in the water.

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